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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A chance to show my dogs off

The other day I mentioned I had been asked if I would like to send pictures of my dogs to represent the German Shepherd Dog on the largest dog breeder site in Canada.  Here is the result!

I was honoured to be asked!  I couldn't decide which pictures to send so I sent 12 that they could pick from.  I think they look pretty good!

Mary Ann

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Puppies in slo mo

Mary Ann

Looking thru old photos

I have had the distinct privilege of being invited to supply German Shepherd Breed photos for one of the top breeding sites in Canada.  As I was going through my photos, I found this collage I did back in 2008.  My photo editing skills weren't that good back then, but it's still kind of cool to look back at the collage of the different generations.  Here it is.  In order, left to right:  Kahlua, Justice, Isis, Magnum & Diesel.  The only one still here is Isis.

Monday, 26 February 2018

A Very Sad, Sad Day

It is with great heartbreak I must tell everyone that my beautiful Merlin was found deceased on Thursday evening.  The vet said it was from natural causes.  He was 11.5 years old.  I am absolutely heart broken.

Thursday afternoon at 12:30 I returned from taking Isis to the vet to see if there was anything they could do to help her aging body.  She is completely "there" as far as brain, eyes and ears go.  Just her body is giving out at the age of 14 years.  We came home with some pills for her.  

When I returned, Merlin was there to greet me as usual, along with his yard buddy Ebony.  Happy, wagging tails, looking for his ball.  Everything was normal.  Until 5:00PM when Mark went out to do afternoon chores.  It was unusual for only Ebony to greet him at the gate so he called to Merlin.  He could see him laying on the deck of his dog house.  But Merlin didn't move.  Mark feared the worst.  And he was correct.  There was Merlin, laying as if he was asleep.  He hadn't been gone for long.  The vet thought it was possibly his heart. Im not going to do an autopsy.   He looked very comfortable, not as if he had been in any pain.  This is just so awful for us.  The whole pack has been grieving.  The dogs have been howling, constantly looking for him.  He was the "main man".  He would lie on top of his dog house and survey his domain like a big ol' lion.  He knew how gorgeous he was.  He knew that all he saw belonged to him. Including that pack of girls!  His was royal in nature.  Kind and gentle.  Courageous and strong.  Smart and wise.  He brought 6 beautiful litters into the world and now I wish it had been more.  It is devastating.

I'm sorry it has taken this long to tell everyone but I just couldn't put it in writing until today.  I can't talk about it out loud or I burst into tears.  I've cancelled all appointment this week as I'm just a wreck.  All I want to do is bury my head in my puppies.  And how I wish those were Merlin puppies now.  He was going to sire my next two litters and I was going to keep a male from him.  But that's not going to happen now.  Those of you who have Merlin puppies, please give them an extra special hug tonight.

Mark and I are absolutely heartbroken.  And you're not going to believe this!  I had to tell someone why I was crying the other day and they said "well it's not so bad because you have other dogs".  I just turned and walked away.  I was so shocked I couldn't say anything.  I wish I had said this "Do you have kids?  Oh, well then if one died it wouldn't be so bad because you have others!"

Well I can't see the screen anymore through the tears so I guess that's it.

Mary Ann

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Strange dog

Trinity is very much like her Grandma Kahlua. They are the only 2 dogs who walk(ed) and use the back of the couch as part of their environment. Part cat??

Trinity is actually supposed to be in a crate. She hurt her left front leg playing with her brother on the ice. When it didn't get better in a few days I took her to the vet. He concluded, thankfully, that it was a soft tissue injury and has confined her to crate rest for three weeks!  She's going stir crazy despite my best efforts at supplying her with safe chewies and treat dispensing toys. But this is what happens when I open the crate!  Sorry girl. Back in you go!😔

Mary Ann

Mary Ann

They’ve taken over the house!

The puppies are much too big to be confined to one room in the house. They pretty much have the run of the main floor now. My job is pretty much chasing after them all day with paper towels and vinegar. It won't be too much longer and they will transfer out to the new puppy building. We are just doing a few minor adjustments to the facility and they will head out there.   More room to build muscles and start to learn a little independence. Although they are all courageous by nature, nurture is extremely important too. Just like you could do terrible things and erase the courage, you can spend extra time to encourage it. Everyone has to remember that the dog you get will be a perfect blank slate and what you do with that slate is up to you. The amount of time and effort you put in in the next few months will be rewarded tenfold later!

Mary Ann

Mary Ann

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Moving day! Almost.

The puppy play building is ready for its new tenants!  New floor, new shavings, new toys!  And tons of room to run and play!  

Friday, 16 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Email Problems

Since February 9th, my email has been shut down due to invalid certificate issues.  Whatever that means.  I am working on getting things back up and rolling ASAP.  Thank you for your patience.

Mary Ann

Thursday, 8 February 2018


Was trying to sort out some of my pictures today and I often am told I don't have enough pictures of Nova on the site.  So here are some!  Note the non-English on the x-rays as they were taken by one of Belgium's top veterinarians.  Also, the pictures of the younger version of her were taken in Belgium.  I brought her over at 14 months of age.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Nova Breeding

Nova went into heat about 2 weeks ago but never it never really progressed into a full heat. Sometimes they can have a split heat which means they start, then stop, then start again in a few weeks time. I'm hoping that will be the case with Nova. If she doesn't come into a full heat I will plan on breeding Fia when she comes in. She should come into heat near the end of February.

Mary Ann